Merchandise are launched. Merchandise have a business life. Merchandise are discontinued. There’s nothing distinctive on this, it’s named a product life cycle… Repeatedly, for varied causes, watch manufacturers add or take away some references from their collections, whether or not due to a must innovate, due to the introduction of a brand new design, as a result of a brand new motion is coming, or as a result of the product isn’t profitable sufficient. Traditional enterprise practices. And, after all, we don’t report on each discontinuation available on the market. However when a model resembling Patek Philippe is about to take away 24 references from its assortment, there’s one thing particular occurring. Certainly, you’ve learn accurately. In response to well-informed and ordinary very dependable sources, resembling Jasem Al Zeraei a.ok.a @patekaholic, 24 references, together with all Nautilus 5711s and lots of extra fashions, are about to vanish…
As mentioned, and naturally this ought to be taken with precautions as Patek Philippe has not but confirmed that every one references will probably be gone quickly, there will probably be 24 fashions discontinued within the assortment, masking watches from the Issues, Grande Issues, Calatrava, Twenty-4 and, after all, the Nautilus assortment – the latter being confirmed since all of the fashions talked about beneath are already out of the model’s web site.
Let’s now have a better take a look at all references to be (apparently) discontinued… And possibly speculate a bit on the explanations behind these discontinuations.
The Nautilus Assortment
Beginning with the apparent, the Nautilus. As now formally said by the model, and one thing that we’ve come to count on for a few yr, the basic time-and-date Patek Philippe Nautilus, often known as the reference 5711, is out of manufacturing. It was the case already for the basic steel-and-blue mannequin since mid-2021, however now all fashions bearing the reference 5711 are gone. This contains the short-produced 5711/1A-014 with its coveted olive inexperienced dial, but in addition its counterpart with a diamond-set bezel. The rose gold model, with a chocolate-brown dial, often known as reference 5711/1R-001, has additionally been faraway from the gathering. Briefly, there are not any 5711s anymore out there from Patek Philippe.
What can we count on? It appears legit to suppose that Patek will launch eventually (possibly earlier than later) a brand new time-and-date Nautilus, with in all probability a brand new motion, changing the Calibre 26-330, an evolution of the Calibre 324 (please give us extra energy reserve…) We’d prefer to see some updates on the bracelet too, possibly with interchangeability and fine-adjustment. However, likely, the replace will stay discreet as Patek Philippe isn’t actually allowed to mess with such an icon… Or possibly, there gained’t be something new within the discipline of the basic Nautilus, and the 5711 would be the final of the time-and-date fashions… Who is aware of? Tell us within the feedback what you’d prefer to see coming from Patek as a alternative for the defunct 5711, a watch that has been launched in 2006 for the thirtieth anniversary of the beginning of this legendary watch.
Along with all 5711 fashions, Patek Philippe can also be eradicating the stainless version of the Nautilus Journey Time Chronograph – the reference 5990/1A-001 – from its assortment. The total gold version of this watch (launched in 2021) continues to be current within the assortment, which allow us to suppose that it’s probably not about time for a alternative of this watch.
The basic hand-wound Calatrava is gone…
Speaking about emblematic fashions, plainly it’s time for essentially the most basic of the Calatrava watches, the enduring reference 5196, to be discontinued. Launched in 2004, out there in 4 variations (J, G, R and P) with a 37mm case and outfitted with a veteran motion, the small hand-wound Calibre 215 from 1974, this sub-collection actually has nice curiosity, being the descendant of the unique Calatrava 96, however it is likely to be barely outdated, size-wise and mechanically. Patek Philippe has not too long ago launched the Calatrava “Clous de Paris” 6119 with a model new, far more fashionable motion, and we’d like to see the basic 96-inspired reference up to date with this skinny, highly effective calibre and a small seconds counter positioned low on the dial. In fact, we absolutely need the emblematic design to stay. Briefly, take the reference 6119, take away the sample on the bezel, replace the dial barely, and hold the 39mm case and the nice motion inside… Voila!
Along with these 4 references – all an identical apart from the supplies and the dials – Patek Philippe may additionally discontinue a fifth mannequin within the Calatrava assortment, the 5297G-001, an computerized watch in white gold with black dial and diamonds on the bezel and the hour markers.
A number of Watches from the Complication Assortment, Together with most world timers
The World Time perform is a basic for Patek Philippe, which has been one of many first manufacturers to ever commercialize such watches, with the assistance of watchmaker Louis Cottier. This perform is an all-time icon inside the assortment, however for 2022, Patek will apparently discontinue the two basic variations – reference 5230R-012 and 5230G-014, launched in 2016 – in addition to the good-looking mannequin with cloisonné enamel dial – reference 5231J-001 launched in 2019. All three watches are powered by the identical motion, based mostly on the veteran 240 micro-rotor base (born in 1977). It may nicely be that Patek Philippe is planning on updating its World Time watches with a brand new base motion, extra fashionable and with prolonged energy reserve. Inform us within the feedback what’d you prefer to see in a doable new Patek Philippe World Time.
In the identical vein, the Blue model of the World Timer Chronograph Flyback – reference 5930G-010 launched in 2016 – will apparently be phased out. It looks as if a moderately logical evolution of the gathering, this version coming to the tip of its life cycle, and being changed by the platinum-green version launched in October 2021, the reference 5930P-001. Our guess is that we gained’t see any evolution within the discipline of this uncommon mixture of world time and chronograph quickly (the motion being fashionable).
Nonetheless within the Complication assortment, Patek Philippe is seemingly planning the discontinuation of three watches outfitted with an annual calendar perform. First are the 2 calendar-only reference 5205R rose gold watches – 5205R-001 with white dial, 5205R-010 with black dial – leaving the gathering solely with the 5205G and its good-looking mixture of white gold case and gradient blue dial. These two rose gold fashions had been launched in 2013… in all probability we’re speaking concerning the finish of their life cycle. In the identical vein, the Chronograph Flyback Annual Calendar 5905P with its blue dial may quickly be gone. With the arrival in late 2021 of the stainless-steel mannequin with a inexperienced dial, it looks like a easy discount of the gathering, identical to when Patek eliminated the earlier black version of the 5905P.
A number of Grand Issues Discontinued
Wanting on the assortment of essentially the most advanced watches by Patek, there’ll apparently be a number of discontinuations, beginning with a few Chronograph Monopusher Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar, the 5372P-010 Salmon Dial and the 5372P-001 Blue Dial. Nothing shocking in these watches being phased out, as Patek hardly ever hold such advanced timepieces for very lengthy within the assortment.
Barely extra shocking, it could possibly be that the very enticing 5320G-001, a vintage-inspired perpetual calendar with cream dial and perpetual calendar launched in 2017, will probably be discontinued. Probably, for the reason that arrival of the In-Line Perpetual Calendar reference 5236P and the truth that fewer and fewer watches are utilizing the calibre 324 as a base, this watch could possibly be changed with a motion based mostly on the Calibre 31‑260… Or it could possibly be an arbitrary resolution to get it out!
Additionally on the sting is the highly-attractive Chronograph Perpetual Calendar 5270P-001, in its platinum and salmon dial mixture. Launched in 2018, it has since been joined by the 5270/1R-001 in rose gold with black dial and strong gold bracelet, in addition to the 5270J-001 with a yellow gold case in 2020. To us, this looks like a pure evolution and easily the tip of the life cycle of this watch, figuring out that Patek modifications recurrently the watches in its 5270 lineup… However nonetheless, we’ll miss this beautiful watch!
Lastly, nonetheless within the Grande Complication assortment, Patek Philippe will apparently discontinue two of its most basic fashions, the 5204R-001 and the 5204-1R-001. Each watches are Rattrapante Chronograph Perpetual Calendar in rose gold however since a brand new model with slate gray dial has been launched in late 2021, it once more looks as if the tip of a life cycle, no extra.
Fewer watches in The Twenty~4 assortment
Lastly, plainly Patek Philippe is about to scale back barely its Twenty~4 Computerized assortment, by eradicating two high-end fashions, each in rose gold with matching bracelet, and diamonds on the bezel and the bracelet. This issues the reference 7300-1201R-010 with brown dial and the reference 7300-1201R-001 with linen dial.
Be aware: needless to say, aside from the Nautilus fashions, Patek Philippe has not but formally confirmed that the references above will probably be discontinued.